Half-double crochet in bottom back loop - used in Knit-Look Cuff Sock Pattern
This stitch is very similar to the one explained below (Hump Stitch), but working in the round and with half-double crochet only.
To practice this stitch, first make a row of at least 20-25 hdc and join into a ring with a slip stitch (the number of stitches doesn't really matter, you just want your ring to be big enough so that it's easy to with with). Ch 2 to start the 2nd round.
Now look at the top of your hdc stitches - you will see those 2 loops that you normally put your hook under (you can click on any of these pictures to see them full size):
Now tip the stitches a bit forward (toward you). There is another loop just behind and below the two loops at the top of your hdc stitch - in the picture below you are seeing that loop and the back loop of the two top ones:
This "bottom back loop" is the one you will be working in to create the knit-look stitch. Insert your hook under the loop and complete the stitch as a regular half-double crochet. By working back here, you are cause the two top loops of the previous hdc to face "forward" - creating the knit-look stitch.
Continue to work in the round in this manner and you'll soon have what looks like rows of stockinette stitches.
A "stitch by any other name" - used in Knit Look Fingerless Gloves Pattern
I originally called this stitch the "camel stitch", but learned that that name has been trademarked. Oops. I've also seen it referred to as a "short single crochet" as well as a "hump stitch". I just can't bring myself to use "hump stitch", so I'm calling it a 'single crochet in back bottom loop' or 'sc-bbl'.
This stitch is worked in the horizontal loop in front of and below the two top loops we normally use when working a single crochet. This causes those 2 top loops to be 'pushed forward' and they look like knitting stitches.
To practice, work 2 or 3 rows of regular half-double crochet stitches. When you are ready to practice the 'camel stitch' finish a row and chain 1 to turn.
Now look at your stitches - turn your piece so you can see the 2 top loops. Now look just below those loops and see the little horizontal loop. That's where you'll be putting your hook through to make the single crochet. Complete the stitch as if you were making a regular single crochet - you're just putting it in a different place. Work a few of these stitches and then take a look at the other side of your work. You should have a row of knit-look stitches. That's all there is to it! :-)
Click on the pictures below to see them full sized with captions to walk you through learning this stitch.
Work foundation half-double crochet stitches to desired length. Ch 1, insert hook in back loop of first stitch AND under the 2 loops of the 'chain' at the bottom of the first stitch. YO and pull all the way through. Makes a thick cord-type length of crochet stitching. Would be better to figure out a way to make the cord all at the same time so you could just keep going until the cord was long enough rather than having to decide that before the 2nd step. Keep working....